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moving work

Tomorrow, thirty pieces will relocate, either to the Rochester Public Library, or here. Rob, at 2nd Landing Gallery in Dover wants more, and larger pieces, but the larger pieces I want at the library.

Thirty pieces, in 4 different locations. And, this is going to happen in the rain. Fortunately, there are very few that will be damaged by a little water. That’s what trash bags are for when they aren’t being used for their prescribed purpose.

These are two-“Play That Funky Music” will come home, “Spontaneous Combustion” gets another round of exposure.

"Play that Funky Music". MM, 10" x 10", framed. (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst, 2014

“Play that Funky Music”. MM, 10″ x 10″, framed. (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst, 2014

Spontaneous Combustion, 2014. Oil and acrylic on floor tile. 12" x 12".

Spontaneous Combustion, 2014. Oil and acrylic on floor tile. 12″ x 12″.

Rochester Public Library show, Rochester, NH

The month of May has been somewhat of a blur, and I failed to post this earlier. What?!

The show comes down Friday afternoon, and I will be at the library from 2:45ish-4:00, if you would like to ask me any questions. Some of this work will move to the Gatehouse Gallery in Tamworth, NH and some will be held in reserve for either a show at the Rice Library in Kittery, Maine or one of two upcoming group shows.

Peggy Trout at the Rochester Library extended another invitation and I will be doing a 4th show next May there.

The Slow Cool Waltz to Spring

It is such a gorgeous day-and it reminds me of the day that I was inspired to start cutting these photographs, almost a month ago.

There are parts of all of seasons in this piece, with the burst of color from fall as the bottom layer, the snow-encrusted oaks as the next (and main layer), and the rose “pieces” as the next two (alluding to the coming spring and summer). I was looking at the natural “lace” created as I cut into the oak. Since I used it twice, and inverted it, I was also able to get a greater play with the negative space

This piece is all photo collage with marker. Framed and matted, 16"x20"

“A Slow Cool Waltz to Spring” is all photo collage with marker. Framed and matted, 16″x20″.


This piece is presently on display at the Rochester Public Library, in Rochester, New Hanpshire.

Since February-wow

I have too many excuses. No excuse, and I know that successful bloggers don’t go there.

Summer Yellows 2, mixed media, 6"x 6 ".

Summer Yellows 2, mixed media, 6″x 6 “.

When art comes home…and other observations

A long week.

Wednesday, Malynda Forcier’s show came down. And, my piece came home. Malynda and Brian and I worked out a trade where I got a 12″x12″ “AmsterGirl” and she got my “Another Compass for Another Mountain #2”, with additional computer support from Brian to make up the difference. She already has hers.

Sad day though, because I really liked that show and I won’t say I won’t but I don’t think  I will ever get to some of the places they have been.

Thursday morning, I woke up with a huge, screaming knee. Ladder work, and not new. But, I had a  show to hang and one to pull in the next two days. I went to work in a brace, but took it off around 9:30.

Since I leave work at 3 and the Stone Church doesn’t open until 5, I decided to do part of the Art Around Town in Portsmouth, early. The Gallery at 100 Market offers some extraordinarily well delivered work that left me wanting a blanket. And, there were others that felt like they needed a room all to themselves, they were so powerful. All-in-all, every piece is masterfully delivered, but I was missing real warmth, soul and individuality in some. I am also curious as to why the show offers very little 2-d besides paint on canvas and photography. No prints, as in silkscreen, relief? And, the only mixed-media was a paper cut-out piece.

I LOVED the show at 3 Graces. I have done photo-real and this stuff is good and refreshing. Cinda Rizza, “What the Shadows Say” feels really good to me. I did several “Porch” studies in my day that were similar. I like that they weren’t contrived and posed. And, really everyday objects. I have seen enough beach chairs, but the fluidity of the laundry on the line struck home.

Nahcotta, I’m sorry, was a disappointment-and that rarely happens. Though beautifully executed, I cry when I see painterly, impressionistic florals and that kind of still-life. And, then…

And, then to hang, “For the Love of Nature”. Thank GOD Taryn could help. The show was up in record time. It was fun to hang, too. Taryn is very serious and all about using nature in symbolic ways, and Taylor is all about the child exploring it.

Tonight, I pulled my show from the Rochester Library. And, the Nikki’s Dream show and presentation has been postponed until August so…and the Me and Ollie’s show isn’t until August so…I have lots of work here.

Art Comes Home from the library

And, how nice does this feel?

Hi Daryl-Ann,
I just wanted to pass along the compliments your work just received from
a gentleman at the Library today. He said he had to tell me how
impressed he was with the quality of the art on display today. He said
it was the best he has seen in a very long time. He loved it.
Just thought you might want to know!

Peggy Trout
Head of Circulation Services
Rochester Public Library
65 South Main Street
Rochester, NH 03867

Winding down. To start winding up.

I have everything I need to get Taryn/Taylor’s press together except the common thread to write the release. The work is similar enough, but the statements are miles apart. And, I would really like to honor that as opposed to going into my little curator mode-I only am allowed that when I hang and present.So, I am hoping that soaking up some sun in the next few days will dislodge that set of brain cells.

Otherwise, I put in the question to the Rochester Library as to when that show will need to be pulled, and it looks like I will re-hang the Stone Church with no interference.

I have a few pieces to finish for the Newmarket Creative Center (dates conflict), then a few more for KAA (they need to be B&W), and then Nikki’s Dream (just because it’s a solo, and needs to be as good as it can be). Otherwise, I am in good shape 🙂  (This actually sounds worse than it is.) The point is-this is all between now and June 9th. I have also started some mono-relief prints for Nikki’s Dream, though none are exciting me.

So, an easy week-end, really. Pick-up at NCC, Saturday AM, and Malynda’s opening at the Stone Church on Sunday, 5-7.

I’ll try to post new images tomorrow!

The games are over, part 2

The games are over…and I won!

Let the Games Begin-Day 1

I alluded to my Facebook audience that I might be a bit busy for the next five days. And whatever posts I make will be reposts from here. I think that will be accurate-oh my!

I packed up the private show from my office before I left, and did personal errands. I visited the Rochester Library before going home “just to be sure” I also had the two display cases. Peggy Trout was there and available. As it turned out, when I sent out bio and statement to Nikki’s Dream, I failed to send anything to Peggy. Not good!. I have since tailored a version of all of the above for her, too.

I am actually really happy with the statement rewrite that I gave Peggy, so I’ll post it here:

Artist’s Statement:

A few years back, I watched the size of art reflect the size of most average Americans’ disposable income.  At the time, I was creating a series of pieces that were small, but were designed as maquettes for larger pieces. I also thought that the idea of art that could be rearranged by the owner was a saleable concept.

Last spring, I took the 16-square grid, and shrank it down to 6”x6”. I took the same abstract concepts that I have used in larger oils and applied them to these little watercolor/mixed-medium pieces. What I am achieving is small works that demand a little more attention, watercolors that are a bit tougher, and abstracts that I can work while I am traveling. I am also finding the expression of landscape in this format to be challenging. I do not want the Rockies to necessarily look like the Rockies, but I want to convey their presence, also in this small format.

I also translate weather and my response to it this way. These are all big events, but for the most part, really only impact me briefly. Hence, the size makes a lot of sense-huge temporary impact. Hurricane Irene was translated into the “Dancing to Irene” series. There is also a new piece called “Snowstorm in October”. I lost power for a few hours, and the snow against the holly was beautiful.

With a portion of my Christmas bonus, I purchased some 12” square canvases. These started with the same feel as the paper pieces, but rapidly took on a more substantial feel. Some even include additional layers of canvas, and some have paper and board between the canvas and paint. But, as the signature piece for the show in Tamworth suggests, I am still translating my surroundings and experience. I will debut two for the show at Nikki’s Dream, also called “16” that are 24” square.

Now, to start the labels for that show, and I am hoping for all of Malynda’s info tonight.